By CHRIS TOMASSUCCI
IRON MOUNTAIN - The First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain will be accepting colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts from Nov. 18 through Nov. 24 at the church as part of Operation Christmas Child.
Pictured here helping out at last year’s Operation Christmas Child drop-off are Morgan Tomczak, left, and Kaitlyn Schmutzler, both of Iron Mountain.
Last year, more than 1,500 shoebox gifts were packed by area residents, and when combined with the shoeboxes from all across the U.S., the gifts reached more than 9.8 million suffering children of different ages all around the world.
National Collection Week is Nov. 18-25. The local church ends its collection on Nov. 24.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in more than 130 countries have received gifts.
To help with Operation Christmas Child, fill a shoebox with items for the age-appropriate boy or girl.
Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
Area residents can download and print the appropriate boy/girl label at s3.amazonaws.com/static.samaritanspurse.org/pdfs/OCC_girl_boy_label_1up_color2.pdf.
Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.
Suggested items may include school supplies, toys, hygiene items and accessories.
Gifts can be dropped off at the church at 125 East H. Street in Iron Mountain from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you would like more information, call 774-5611 or check out samaritanspurse.org.
Chris Tomassucci's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.